North Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The rate to use toll roads in North Texas will increase from $.19 per mile to $.20 per mile beginning July 1.
Some residents of the area say the price change is simply unfair.
“Given that we are already paying too much for tolls! We honestly shouldn’t even pay for driving on the roads. We shouldn’t have to pay,” said Sonya Bowser, a frustrated affluent resident.
But for residents like Bowser, who use the tollway every day, the payments are only getting faster.
The North Texas Tollway Authority says the increase will help pay off the $9.5 billion it borrowed in a lump sum.
Michael Wray, an NTTA spokesman, told CBS11 that the higher payouts are also due to driver demand.
“As we know, we are exploding in development in North Texas and we want to keep roads open and wide to make sure people can get where they are going so we have to take that into account.” Ray said.
The new toll rate would be an additional $2.50 per month for a driver who spent about $40 per month on tolls, Ray explained.
But Bowser—who spends more than $200 a month on tolls—says any increase is too high.
“They need to bring down prices! Especially when all that has happened to the economy,” Bowser said. “Secondly, they need to give the public and the people a break. I don’t think we should be responsible for their actions. There is a need to take greater responsibility.”
It is expected that the crew will update the toll rate indications in the next few weeks.
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